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Supermicro 2019 Predictions: The Year that Redefined Data Centers?

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2019.  Read them in this 11th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Sim Upadhyayula, Senior Director of Solutions Enablement at Supermicro

The Year that Redefined Data Centers?

Year 2019 is likely to see a number of next-generation technologies go mainstream. With the network bandwidths reaching 400 Gbps and NVMe storage media pushing the boundaries, it will be an exciting period to be in IT.

1)      Pooling of NVMe

Up until recently, storage used to be the bottleneck but latest technologies like NVMe are able to deliver multiple millions of IOPs while increasing the capacity and reducing the footprint.  A PB of fast storage is possible in a 1U form factor, which was totally unheard of a year ago. What was once only possible with a rack full of infrastructure in the traditional SAN can now be achieved at a higher efficiency and smaller footprint with these pooling of NVMe devices. Ever increasing traditional Ethernet speeds are only going to further accelerate the adoption of these technologies in mission-critical tier1 workloads.

2)      Micro Data Centers

With more data being gathered in this sensor centric world, the desire to do a first pass of the analysis at the edge will redefine the traditional data centers. Innovations in the compute and storage via high-efficiency server technologies, denser compute and storage in smaller power-efficient form factors coupled with reliable and faster Ethernet technologies will drive enterprise and service provider customers to think differently. Many of the customers are already gravitating to simpler and reliable technologies deployed in smaller and distributed environments. This is likely to accelerate in 2019 with the increased need for handling and parsing at the source for the mountains of data that is being generated.

3)      Hyper Converged Infrastructure

In the last few years we have seen large and small enterprise alike embrace the hyper converged infrastructure for their tier 2/3 workloads. With persistent memory, NVMe and faster networking becoming more cost-effective and reliable, we are seeing HCI also being deployed in Tier 1 Mission-critical workloads.  2019 will be the year when hyper convergence will be adopted for all/any workloads due to its simplicity, scalability and cost effectiveness.

4)      Machine Learning/AI

Advances in compute and storage technologies will further accelerate the endless possibilities of neural networks and continue to bring them out of research academia and closer to real world applications. Next-generation processor and GPU technologies slated for release in 2019 coupled with faster NVMe/SSD/networking bandwidth will immensely aid in the inferencing and learning functions.

5)      Rise of MicroServices

Business-critical applications will accelerate the need for CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery). Varying workloads will further the multi-cloud environments and regulatory concerns along with need for greater control will continue to fuel the private cloud deployments. Given this hybrid scenario, it becomes necessary that the framework be in place for seamless migration. 2019 will likely be the year that cements the strong foundation for the multi-cloud environments and its coexistence.


About the Author


Sim Upadhyayula is a Senior Director of Solutions Enablement at Supermicro. In his role, Sim collaborates with various enterprise and service providers in understanding their next-generation data center needs and identifying the right solutions to maximize their business outcomes. 

Sim has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Clemson University and Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Santa Clara University.

Published Monday, January 21, 2019 7:38 AM by David Marshall
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